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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

My TJ (San Francisco area) has never heard of SC peanut butter. I looked on Amazon and it was $13 and then found it today at WF for about $6.50 .. haven't tasted it yet. (I bought the crunchy one.)

about 21 hours ago
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I'm so sorry to hear this .. take care.

about 22 hours ago
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

A long while back (don't remember where I got the idea, maybe here) I made some brownies and as soon as they were out of the oven, I scattered Andes mints all over the top. (It's best to take them all out of their wrappers while the brownies bake.) Waited until they were cool to cut into.

Very delicious if you like mint, no off flavors.

Mar 24, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

From the library I got "In Her Kitchen, stories and recipes from grandmas around the world" by Gabriele Galimberti. Nice colored photos. He's from Italy and started the book with his grandmother and ended with his mother. He got a contract to do the book but couch surfing was involved, don't know how much.

I enjoyed looking through the book but don't need to own it. It's so remarkable how the majority of women have so little counter space to work in; the best kitchen was in upstate NY. Most were in Africa, Asia, South America, etc. Some of the dishes did not look good to me, at all, but they probably tasted great.

The one that intrigues me the most was Regina Lifumbo, 53, from Mchinji, Malawi. (I might try writing the author via the publisher.) There are no markets, no restaurants in her village. The villagers catch and dry caterpillars (which are actually the "maggot of an insect similar to our moth".) She cooked them with onion and tomatoes.

The intriguing part: His last line: "Cooking with Regina was one of the most emotional experiences of my life and changed me forever." I wonder what that means .. I really want to know more about that.

http://www.amazon.com/Her-Kitchen-Sto...

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

It still amazes me that the Staten Island Ferry is FREE. I never found out about that until my last visit to NYC.

I got a Nova ?smoked salmon cream cheese bagel sandwich from Russ & Daughters (get a slice, at least, of the chocolate babka, too) and ate it on the ferry. (it's a quick subway ride to ferry) Very fond memory.

Mar 23, 2015
walker in Manhattan

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Gorgeous!

Mar 23, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Rather than ordering 12 from Amazon (I'm not certain I'll like it and don't want to commit to 12!) I called Whole Foods and they sell it for just a few more pennies per can so I'll give that a try.

Thanks for the rec; it's good to have something in the pantry.

Mar 23, 2015
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

When I got some I roasted them at 400 for about 15 + minutes. I'd mixed in some salt and olive oil and stirred during roasting time. I liked them fresh from the oven but also good cold in a sandwich.

Mar 22, 2015
walker in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Her son, Guiliano, has written some cookbooks and I liked this one, nice photos:

http://www.amazon.com/Hazan-Family-Fa...

Mar 21, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Twice I've made Cook's Illustrated Carrot Cake that you bake in a half sheet pan; it comes out perfectly and is impressive and not that hard .. love the oblong shape. I prefer to hand shred the carrots rather than using the Cuisinart.

If you don't want to hunt down the buttermilk powder, just use whatever cream cheese icing you like but I really do like the recipe as is. The pecans only go on the sides; I think the pecans need to be chopped smaller than some of these photos show:

https://myyearwithchris.wordpress.com...

http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/carro...

Mar 21, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

SF Trip report from a Londoner

I just want to mention the Senor Sesig truck:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/se%C3%B1or-si...

(I was going to post the link for Senor Sesig site itself but there is a message that the site may be hacked.

)

Anyway, it's my new favorite burrito.

Mar 21, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I like this one combined on bread with the Seville Orange marmalade.

Mar 21, 2015
walker in Chains
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Saturday night (price conscious) Mission suggestions [San Francisco]

I don't think you should feel obligated to go to Roosevelt Tamale Parlor; I didn't like it at all and would never return.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

You live where there are excellent biscuit makers from way back. It'd be great if you could find a expert to teach you in their kitchen or something.

My father's side is from Mississippi and mother's side is Italian from Connecticut. Too bad I never learned how to cook from the Southern side. I just have to teach myself from books.

What I'd really like to learn is how to make killer yeast rolls. There's a newish BBQ place in SF that is expensive and not that great but they have the most incredible yeast rolls. They are about 4 inches tall. That's the only thing I liked (actually, loved) there and would like to know how to make them that way.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

I'm just singing the praises of MM, that in apple season you will find an overwhelming variety. I think some of them come from the east coast.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I look forward every year to Daffodil time; past years they were .99. I buy 4 bunches at a time.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in Chains
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NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

Once in apple season, I saw a long row of apples at MM, maybe 25 different varieties, like Arkansas Black.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Very tentative tourist plans, open to suggestions!

Try hard not to eat before going .. food there just won't taste as good if you do. Just have wine or a cocktail earlier. Sorry you could not snag an earlier reservation.

Once my daughter and I were starving before our res. at a great restaurant in Oakland. We made the mistake of eating Ritz crackers and a coke earlier and had no appetite for the dinner later.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

My favorite store, Monterey Market. I hardly ever go there because the commute from SF is not pleasant and I detest the parking lot so have to drive around and around looking for street parking.

I loved reading the comments on the article; maybe a third of them pointed out CA is running out of water and there goes all our beautiful produce and most of the rest admitted they were envious. Here's one:

Make sure to pick up a "Welcome to Berkeley, Now Stop Doing That" sticker.

I also like that a lot of the comments stated that even tho Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market are so terrific, they aren't high priced and snooty. I think that would have been good for him to point out in his article.

I do wish we could have a store like this in SF or Peninsula.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Re: Cowin book .. I got it from the library and read through it last night. The only page I tabbed to return to was the one about making biscuits with Joann Chang. (I'm a mess, I have a folder of biscuit recipes and am intimidated, haven't tried any yet. I even bought the White Lily flour.)

I really like hearing how she was not an adept home cook .. her parents didn't cook, not even Thanksgiving Dinner .. they ordered everything in! Now her parents eat out 7 nights a week.

I would have needed, welcomed this book much more before Chowhound .. I've learned so much here to become a better home cook.

She emphasizes mise en place, patience and persistence and having the right tools.

I also got the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook from the library and really love it. I just love Tom Douglas. If I get to Seattle again, I'm definitely going to go to his restaurants. Have we ever cooked from this cookbook here?
I've noted the Parsley Chive Scones, Serious Biscuits, Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies that Nora Ephron loved.

I don't think I have the ambition to make his English Muffins (5 pages of instructions) but I'll bet they're great. His recipe does not call for a special pan.

Mar 19, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

In my opinion, the one they used to carry that came in a glass jar (like the gigante beans) were even better; they had a sliced lemon on top. I like these a lot, just don't love them like the previous ones.

(Uh Oh .. I thought I was posting on the TJ thread .. I haven't tried the Costco one.)

Mar 19, 2015
walker in Chains

Dragon Beaux opens. [San Francisco]

Is that charged each year?

Mar 17, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I'm a big fan of eggplant but I find this Grecian eggplant edible but I'm not thrilled with it. I do continually buy the similar looking can of stuffed grape leaves.

Mar 17, 2015
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

How does using Omega-3 eggs change things?

Mar 15, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Curent best vacuum sealer?

If you ever find yourself needing a new machine, buy it at Costco, if possible.

Mine messed up, after not much use, after a couple of years or more and Costco replaced it, no questions asked.

Mar 14, 2015
walker in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Does that mean you type them into Word?

Mar 13, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Cooking and Baking from Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts:

I so look forward to reading her blog and her readers have the BEST comments. You should take a few minutes here and there to read it.

Her grandmother died recently at age 103 and she was so full of life. Tipsy Baker makes really far out things that her husband and 2 kids don't go for. She has a 9 yr old niece just like her; they go out to eat Thursday nights and the girl eats oysters, sea urchin, and takes notes!!

I also like Smitten Kitchen a lot; she's extremely down to earth. I wish that both Deb and Jennifer were my next door neighbors!

She loved the ice creams. She also made a ricotta ice cream that seems interesting. She lives over the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County. Did you ever read her book: Bake the Bread, Buy the Butter? I loved reading about her chickens and goats.

Mar 13, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Do you scan them into your computer first?

Mar 13, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Cooking and Baking from Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts:

Since I enjoy just reading cookbooks, your review has made me request it from my library.

The other day I requested The Biggest Loser Cookbook and Mastering Pasta. Umm, wonder what that means? Some days I indulge, other days diet?

Do you read The Tipsy Baker blog? She's been discussing Piglet books and has made both cashew ice cream and yeast ice cream. (the cashews you discard after soaking)
Very esoteric.

Mar 13, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

I've started putting some recipes in Evernote on my
I Pad .. I love the ability to put colored photos, either my own or those that come with the recipe.

I do have a notebook that only holds my Thanksgiving Recipes.

Mar 13, 2015
walker in Home Cooking